Well We have gone and done it, Mike and I have invested in specialist equipment to forward our attempts at capturing high speed water droplet collisions.
This shot was a 1 second exposure at f16.
its 1 drop of milk colliding with another drop of milk inside a bubble of washing up liquid.
The key to these types of shots is timing and using minimum flash power which gives you an effective 1/40,000 shutter speed using speedlights.
Watch this space for more shots, its very addictive and great fun experimenting with lighting and different liquids.
For some reason, an email was sent out stating that the first falconry photography workshop was organised for the 15th June 2014.
It’s actually Saturday the 15th June 2013.
Location Sion Hall Falconry Centre, Kirby Wiske, Nr Thirsk, UK
sorry for any confusion
The first evening photography workshop has now been organised for the 15th of June 2013.
I’ve now been appointed as Resident Photographer for Sion Hall falconry Centre, Kirby Wiske, nr Thirsk.
Full instruction will be given regarding shutter speeds, apertures, composition etc, all with the aid of ensuring that you get the best photographs possible on your visit.
An experienced falconer will be flying birds on the evening and helping me with poses for static displays etc
Sion Hall is the best falconry centre I’ve ever been to and I’m happy to be helping the centre out in any way I can. The birds are superbly looked after and handled
The night will run from 17.30 until around 19.30 and the cost is £40.
Please contact the centre on 01845 587522 or click the following link to their site where you can book online
If you would like to see some of the typical shots you will be able to take, please visit my galleries at
As an added bonus, if you want to come for the whole day. You can pay the normal entrance fee and I will be there all day for questions / advise on taking shots of the static displays and during the 3 demonstrations the centre have each day.
What an awesome day Mike and I had in a private hide photographing this woodland specialist, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Latin Name Accipiter Nisus. We were blessed with amazing light all day and superb views of this awesome bird.
Most people’s sightings of a sparrowhawk are little more than a flash of grey / blue as the hawk flies through their gardens hoping to grab a little bird off their garden feeders.
This bird has been nicknamed Mad Max and he certainly lives up to his reputation, he is fearless and while eating, will happily sit in front of the hide for 20 minutes or so.
Alan McFadyen has painstakingly built a woodland hide in Scotland specifically for photographing this beautiful bird of prey. All of his efforts are now paying off with Mad Max making daily visits through this woodland area. There is nowhere else in the UK where you can get this close to the sparrowhawks and get these sort of photographs.
It should be stated that Mad Max is a totally wild bird and it’s his choice that he makes these visits. Alan did say that if Max nails a blackbird or other bird of similar size then he is done feeding for the day, and thus, like all nature photography, alot of luck is needed to get shots of these amazing birds.
Alan does his absolute best to give photographers the best chance of photographing elusive birds. The various feeders around the hide site are teaming with little birds which are part of the Sparrowhawks daily diet.
I highly recommend anyone wanting great shots of this stunning bird to contact Alan and book a day in his hide, you will not be disappointed. Alan is a great guy and will really look after you during your visit.
More shots are available to see and purchase at my website:
My Sparrowhawk Gallery
Or Book your place here, you will not regret it.
Went With Mike Nicholas to the Firework display that is on the last night of Whitby Regatta Weekend.
Took this with the Nikon D800 and Nikon 24 F1.4 lens.
It was a superb clear night with very little breeze and a great sunset so it was just a shame really that the fireworks only lasted 15 minutes.
A night when the Sunset really did deliver.
no post processing had to be done to this shot, I just used a Lee 1.2 (4 stop) hard grad over the top part of the shot.
Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200 F2.8G VRII lens
the Nikon D800 and Nikkor 500 F4VR lens is a combo made in heaven.
This shot was taken in a Zoo but that doesnt concern me at all. Ive always maintained that its the photo thats important to me not where it was taken.
If I can get the shot i want at a Zoo and make it not look like a zoo then im as happy as i would have been if I had taken it on say a safari in Africa.
I hope you like this shot of a Chimpanzee